FIRST OFF, welcome to my blog! There has been some confusion about the summer reading assignment, so here is what you need to complete during the time off:
A. Everyone is reading Fahrenheit 451 and completing a blog post on it here. You're also completing a short (2 page max) paper on any topic relating Fahrenheit and one other book.
B. Then everyone is reading two other works and posting about them on here next month. These can include
-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
-Prisons we Choose to Live Inside
-Streetcar Named Desire
-Brave New World
So, this is our virtual classroom for the summer, although I hope to see many of you at our two writing workshops in the actual classroom as well! English II Honors is a challenging course because it requires you to develop a new style of reading, thinking, and writing which is more sophisticated and academic. These posts, as well as the workshops, are about preparing you for that so you can produce a strong reaction paper, which is your first big grade. My main goal for the year is to get you...
Reading CLOSELY, meaning paying attention to particular words and phrases to determine their effects
Thinking CRITICALLY, meaning posing questions and problems instead of finding "right" answers
Writing CAREFULLY, meaning caring what you're writing about and taking time to say it well
So, for the first post, I would like you to closely read a scene from Fahrenheit 451 of at least one page, think critically about word choices and their purpose, and write a careful 1-2 paragraph explanation of its effects on the reader and overall significance for the larger work. (A paragraph is at least 6 sentences and one big quotation or a series of small phrase quotes - make sure you explain the quotations and cite them correctly!)
There will be a second blog post in two weeks, before the first workshop, and then one in August after the first workshop. Please complete this blog post before Wednesday, July 16th, and look for the second one then. Each of these posts are worth 20 points of the roughly 400 you can earn each MP.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
-Scenes worth analyzing include Montag's talks with Clarisse and Faber, Mildred's reaction to her suicide
attempt, the poetry reading, anything with Beatty, or various sections of the ending, esp. the phoenix
-You should begin your post with a topic sentence, introducing the novel, scene and point you'll make
-Make sure you note some kind of specific theme in the novel to which your scene relates
Good luck! Post your response by hitting "comments" and then typing your name and pasting it in the box.
Mr. Justin Biggs